Dan Sperber

Emeritus Research Professorship

French Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique

Prof. Sperber holds a part-time professorship at the Department of Cognitive Science of the Central European University in Budapest, and is the director of the International Cognition and Culture Institute. He is a French social and cognitive scientist. He is the author numerous articles in anthropology, linguistics, philosophy and psychology and of three books: Rethinking Symbolism (1975), On Anthropological Knowledge (1985), and Explaining Culture (1996). In these three books, he developed a naturalistic approach to culture under the name of ‘epidemiology of representations’. Prof. Sperber is also the co-author, with Deirdre Wilson (Department of Linguistics, University College, London) of Relevance: Communication and Cognition (1986, 1995) and Meaning and Relevance (2012), which develop their cognitive approach to communication known as ‘Relevance Theory’. Both the epidemiology of representations and relevance theory have been influential and also controversial. He is Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy, Foreign honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and member of the Academia Europaea. He was the first laureate of the Claude Lévi-Strauss Prize in 2009.